This simple Bacon Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip is filled with three cheeses, jalapeno peppers, and bacon! A great easy appetizer for game day and entertaining.
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I love a good cheese dip, and am known for making them when hosting people! If I do not make a cheese dip with certain people, they revolt, because it is just SO good! This Bacon Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip has all the flavors of a jalapeno popper with a punch of bacon. You can find more cheese dip recipes here!
This appetizer is a great balance between the pepper heat, cheese, and bacon flavors. It is more of a milder heat level, so to make it spicy either add more hot sauce or more jalapenos, or switch out the peppers for spicier serranos! Of course, the exact heat level of each pepper does vary. Whenever I grow jalapenos in a pot, they get SO spicy every year! I add the bacon fat because it lends an extra bacon flavor throughout the entire dip, instead of just the bacon chunks. Just save it from the pan when you cook the bacon. But if you don’t have any bacon fat, you can just skip it.
This cheese dip recipe is very fast and simple to make. Just mix everything together and heat until it is gooey! There are three different cheeses: cream cheese, cheddar, and mozzarella. The mozzarella is what gives it the great stretchy and stringy cheese pull! I put some of the mozzarella on top to help it brown up and get some crunchy bits. You can also make it in the microwave which is much faster, but you lose the crunchy cheese bits.
Chips are the easiest dunker for the Bacon Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip, but crostini or vegetables also work.
Bacon Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
- 4 slices bacon (or more) chopped
- 1 Tablespoon bacon fat (optional)
- 2 jalapeno peppers (or more for more heat)
- 3 dashes hot sauce (or more for more heat)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Cook the bacon if not cooked already. Save 1 Tablespoon of the bacon fat if choosing to use. Chop the bacon.
- Dice the jalapenos. Remove the seeds and white ribs if you want a milder heat. Keep them in for more spice.
- Combine all of the cheese dip ingredients in an oven safe dish for serving. You do not need to mix them up yet.
- Bake the cheese dip until the cheese is melted, stirring occasionally. If you want a crispy cheese top, after everything is melted and mixed, add a layer of mozzarella across the top and cook until browned. Pop under the broiler if needed for a few seconds.
- Garnish with additional bacon and jalapeno if desired. Serve immediately with dunkers like chips or crostini.